Breakfast

Green beauty smoothie

That actually tastes really good!

You know what they say, outer beauty reflects from the inside. I’ve been lately understanding this, as my morning habit these days has been to drink celery juice.. I can tell from experience that my skin is glowing, purer, less irritated. Also, this green beauty smoothie helps. It’s a great way to get your needed doze of greens and superfood. Aaand, it tastes really good! I am familiar with the skepticism, been there and tried so many times to nail the taste of it. This time I have, and therefore I’m really happy to share the recipe with you guys so that you can also benefit from a healthy smoothie that will make you glow and feel energized.

Remember to use my code MELANIESTOKKE when you purchase at https://www.yoursuperfoods.eu for a 15% off. I’m sure it will be a worthy investment as the superfoods powders are the stars in this recipe. Their products are organic and natural, only good stuff. This green beauty smoothie ain’t the same without them. So make sure you don’t skip on the superfoods, as they will empower you towards a healthier lifestyle.

Ingredients

• 6 cubes of frozen kale or spinach

• A good handful of frozen mango, banana and pineapple mix

• Half an avocado (best if ripe)

• 2 dates

• 1 tsp of super green https://www.yoursuperfoods.eu/products/super-green

• 1 tsp of power matcha https://www.yoursuperfoods.eu/products/organic-power-matcha-mix

• Juice of half a lemon

• 3 dl apple juice

• 1 dl plant based milk

Instructions

Add all ingredients in a blender until all is well mixed and have a achieved a smooth texture. If you want it less thick, simply add more liquid – either more juice or milk.

Enjoy your healthy green smoothie, which is great for either breakfast or as a snack in between meals.

Benefits from this smoothie are:

– It’s dairy free

– The superfoods helps you to optimize your focus and productivity

– High in antioxidants

– Natural in caffeine, no need for many cups of coffee

– An easy way to increase your intake of nutritious greens

– Naturally high in fiber and healthy prebiotic

– Ensures you stable blood sugar level and your hunger strikes in check

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Healthy gluten-free scones

Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and refined sugarfree

I would never have thought that these gluten-free and healthy scones could have turned out so good! Thanks to the gluten-free flour mix from helios, making that possible. One is not enough when they have nuts, raisins and dark chocolate in them. The dough is not dry at all, and they taste great with nutbutter, chocolate spread or berry jam! It’s the perfect recipe to bake on a relaxing Sunday, and the time baking them won’t take you long. Can’t resist them can you? Let’s bake em!

Ingredients

• 550 g gluten-free mix from https://www.helios.no/produkter/glutenfritt/helios-lys-bakemiks/

• 2 dl lukewarm water

• 3 dl almond/oat milk or Andy other plant based milk you prefer

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 4 tbsp olive oil

• 2 to 4 tbsp coconut sugar (the scones I baked, I used 2 tbsp, but if you prefer them sweeter, add more to your liking.)

• 1 tsp salt

• Add chopped walnuts and hazelnuts, dark chocolate chips and raisins. You decide the quantity! Ps: I did one dough with nuts and raisins, while the other one with dark chocolate chips added.

Instructions

1. First add all your dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Then add the milk, water and oil, stir well. Afterwards knead the dough by hand and if too sticky to begin with, use a spoon or spatula.

3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or kitchen towel for about 30 minutes. Don’t worry if it hasn’t risen, cause mine didn’t hehe.

4. Now you can add your chopped nuts, raisins and chocolate chips, at this stage it is easier to knead the dough. Shape it into two round pieces and cut almost through to 4 new pieces.

5. Bake in the oven on 220 degrees for 15 minutes. Make sure to watch over the baking time as it depends on the oven and size.

Happy baking everyone and hope you enjoy these guilt free, healthy scones!

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Raspberry & mango smoothie bowl

Reminds me of the tropics!

I absolutely love this smoothie bowl version. It reminds me of being in a tropical country and the bright colors just makes me immediately smile. Also I adored the combo of dried apricots on top, haven’t had that with my smoothie bowl before and I’m so happy I tried that! So so good.

Ingredients

• Fist size of frozen raspberries

• Half a fist size of frozen mango

• 1 banana

• 1 tsp of “energy bomb” superfood powder by http://www.yoursuper.eu

• 1 tsp of rice bran powder ~ https://www.super-nature.no/rice-bran

• 200g coconut yoghurt or 100 ml coconut milk

Instructions

Blend all ingredients together in a blender and have your favorite toppings with it! I had on mine, hemp seeds, goji berries, almonds and dried apricots.

Enjoy and have a blissful morning when you eat this smoothie bowl!

With love & care, Melanie x

Savoury

10 minute quick pasta

Vegan, gluten-free & dairy free

When I’m super busy with my training schedule and veeeery hungry after practice, I make this simple, tasty and easy 10 minute pasta, which doesn’t take long.

Ingredients

• Glutenfree pasta

• Green pesto ~ https://www.helios.no/produkter/pastasaus-pesto-og-smakssettere/

• Sun-dried tomatoes

• Broccoli

• Spinach

• Zucchini

• Avocado

• Coconut oil

• Optional: dried oregano & garlic powder

• Chili flakes, salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste

Instructions

1. Boil water in a pot and cook your pasta for about 8-10 minutes.

2. Cut your veggies and fry them on a pan medium heat with coconut oil. It’s healthier to fry with coconut oil as it handles high heat better.

3. Put your cut veggies into the pan ~ your broccoli and zucchini, add flavor to it with dried oregano and garlic powder. After 7 minutes, sauté the spinach and cook all together for another 3-5 minutes.

4. When the pasta is done, drain the pasta in a colander over the sink and put it over into a bowl.

5. Add to your liking 1-3 tsp of green pesto and stir it together with the pasta. Add cut sun dried tomatoes and avocado. Flavor it with lemon juice, salt and pepper + chili flakes if you like it.

Enjoy!!!

With love & care, Melanie x

Well Being

Sunday walks are good for the soul

Rays of sunlight

It’s funny how you appreciate little things in life much more when they are rarely present for a period of time. In this case, the sun. In Norway these days, the sun has been gone for quite a while and days are short ending quick into complete darkness. Therefore, when rays of sunlight strikes your face, shimmers on surfaces and appears in its glory through natural sceneries, it’s beauty is compelling and it captures one’s attention. It’s like a warm embrace, a heartfelt hug, medicine to your soul and you instantly feel happy and complete.

So does Sunday walks to my soul. Walking in solitude and seizing the natural surroundings in silence, is a great way to recharge, renew and be inspired to keep pushing through everyday life.

I love taking pictures as it unfolds my creativity. So here are some beautiful photos I took from my Sunday walk spotting the rays of sunlight in every kind of way.

After a good walk, it’s nice to have a stop at a bakery and enjoy yourself with a warm drink. Oh, and it’s almost impossible to stay away from the pastries, so I do recommend the cardamom bun with a mocca coffee like I did at Åpent Bakeri at Holtet.

In Norway we say, no bad weather only bad clothes. Truth spoken it is really cold now but it helps with a warm jacket, a knitted head ban, scarf and gloves on.
Sunsets are priceless and at this time of the year they are the prettiest

I hope you found inspiration from this and will do the same well being act yourself.

With love & care, Melanie x

Savoury

Honey mustard kale salad

Rainbow salad

You immediately start feeling good when you treat yourself with care and serve yourself a nutritious meal. It also affects you positively when seeing a colorful salad with all the colors of a rainbow. It’s so easy to make it and you only need lots of vibrant colored veggies, plus a good salad dressing that does the trick. Remember, the more colors of vegetables, the better the variety of nutrients you’ll get:)

Ingredients

• Kale

• Rucola

• Red cabbage

• Carrots

• Paprika

• Avocado

• Zucchini

• Sweet potatoes

• Sprouts

• Oil, lemon, salt and pepper to taste

The salad dressing

• 1 tbs dijon mustard sauce

• 1 tbs honey

• Juice of half a lemon

• 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

• Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Put the oven on 220 degrees and bake your chopped sweet potatoes and cut slices of zucchini for about 20-30 minutes. Before putting them on a baking tray with parchment paper, mix them with a bit of oil and they are ready when soften and golden brown.

2. Make the salad dressing and “massage” it with the kale & rucola by hand. That way the flavor enhances and the kale is more softer to eat.

3. Chop your other vegetables like red cabbage, carrots, paprika and avocado.

4. When all is done, put everything together in a bowl and plate it up. Top the salad with sprouts and enjoy a tasty, colorful rainbow salad!

With love & care, Melanie x

Breakfast

Matcha yoghurt Breakfastbowl

Far from boring guys

It’s so easy to put flavor into your natural yoghurt. And my favorite these days is matcha. I use the superfood powder “power matcha” from https://www.yoursuperfoods.eu/products/organic-power-matcha-mix. This mix is all natural and organic, a nutrient-dense blend of greens and brain boosting superfoods to optimize your focus! It’s an excellent source of antioxidants and is high in vitamins, iron and potassium. Instead of swearing to your coffee with caffein in the morning, give it a try with this breakfast bowl instead which even contains a serving of your daily greens! Far from boring guys. And with only health advantages to offer you.

How to make it

1. You’ll need Greek or dairy free yoghurt version like coconut. Mix it with 1 tsp of matcha and blend well together.

2. Add your favorite toppings with it. I used raw honey to sweeten it up, cashew nuts, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, flax meal and blueberries!

Enjoy your wholesome breakfast bowl, with a tasty, healthy, nutritious and interesting yoghurt to kick start your day!

With love & care, Melanie x